See Quilts and Modern Art at Home

Are you looking for ways to see old and new quilts online at home?  How about going to see modern art at the museum at home?  I know that I’m missing my guild Show & Tell.  I’m missing spending a few hours at our local museums and galleries (followed by lunch or dinner out of course!).

Block from my pattern, Triangle Joy available on Etsy.


Here are links to some of my favorite museums.  You can visit their sites and see works of quilts, textile art and other visual modern art, artist talks and much more.  Enjoy!!


Feel free to add other online resources  in the comments!

International Quilt Museum

Visit them online–changes and updates on what’s available are being made as of now!  They are asking for input on what we quilters would like to see on their site.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Collection

You can search on this page (scroll down) and see quilts from the collection.  And YES– I have an artquilt in this collection.  Search using “Carole Lyles”

They even have a ‘random images’ page.  That’s a fun idea!   Random Images


Watch their YouTube Channel.


TQM is working on virtual tours so check back or get on their mailing list.

Textile Museum (Washington DC)

I’m listing this museum even though their online resources are limited.  Hopefully, that will change soon!



I often spend several hours visiting my favorite paintings and collages in museums in DC, NYC, Philadelphia and Baltimore.  I also visit museums in other cities whenever I can.  Here are a few that have online offerings. Feel free to add others in the comments!


  • Studio Museum in Harlem: Wonderful collection of African and African American contemporary art online.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts. Explore online.
  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Madrid’s must-see art museum has the works of some of the continent’s most celebrated artists like Rembrandt and Dali available online.
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Museum: Six virtual exhibits are available online from this museum named for the “Mother of American modernism.”
  • Corcoran Gallery:  On the Collection page, there is a search box.  Select American art after 1945 in the Category dropdown to see their collection.
  • National Women’s History Museum: Have a late International Women’s Day celebration with online exhibits and oral histories from the Virginia museum.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Though the Met Gala was cancelled this year, you can still have a peak at the The Costume Institute Conversation Lab, which is one of the institution’s 26 online exhibits.
  • High Museum of Art, Atlanta: This museum’s popular online exhibits include “Civil Rights Photography” — photos that capture moments of social protest like the Freedom Rides and Rosa Park’s arrest.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts: Mexican art icon Frida Kahlo is the focal point of two of the four available online exhibits.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:The works of Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian, Jeff Koons, and Franz Marc are just some of the 625 artists whose work are a part of the Guggenheim’s Collection Online.
  • MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art): New York’s extensive collection is available for view online.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The 16 virtual exhibits include a special section on 21st Century Designer Fashion.





6 thoughts on “See Quilts and Modern Art at Home”

  1. kristie jarchow

    I would like to mention International Quilt Museum. Largest public held quilt collection. They are on fb asking for things you would like to see from the collection. They recently showed a Nancy Crow piece for me.

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